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Chattanooga Bridge Club raises funds for Alzheimer’s research

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Chattanooga Bridge Club members play during a recent weekly game. During The Longest Day event June 21, the club will host three back-to-back games at its 1103 Dayton Blvd. center.

If you think one game of bridge is long — about three and a half hours — try playing three back-to-back-to-back-to-back.

That’s what the Chattanooga Bridge Club plans to do June 21, the longest day of the year. The fundraising games are open to all local bridge players and will be played in an effort to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association during its nationwide The Longest Day event.

“This is our second year participating, and I challenged our club members to donate or raise $35 a person,” said the bridge club’s manager Myra Reneau. “Bridge is generally a game commonly played by older people, so a lot of club members have been directly affected by [Alzheimer’s].”

The Longest Day festivities will include games at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Lunch and other snacks will also be provided for participants by the club’s hospitality coordinator, Nancy Mapel.

Reneau, whose mother is currently battling Alzheimer’s, said the fundraiser is especially fitting for the club since some studies have shown that people who play bridge are less likely to get the disease.

“Bridge is a game that is very difficult,” she said. “Even the pros keep working on their game.”

The game’s complicated nature and its duration require a lot of quick thinking and stamina, said Reneau. Many of the older folks in the club seem younger than they are, possibly because of the game, she added.

The Longest Day event will be at Chattanooga Bridge Center, located at 1103 Dayton Blvd. For more information about the club or the event, call 267-4050 or visit unit206acbl.org.